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'Jesus Christ Superstar' kicks off North American tour in June

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Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is re-imagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking rock musical will hit the road this summer with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars.

The 50+ city tour kicks off in New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena on June 9, and stops in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and more, before culminating in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Arena on August 17.

Brandon Boyd, Grammy® nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of "Judas Iscariot" Grammy® nominated *NSYNC vocalist, JC Chasez, will play "Pontius Pilate," Grammy® Award winner and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as "Mary Magdalene," English singer-songwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and John Rotten Lydon, will play "King Herod" and introducing British actor and singer Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as ‘Jesus.’

“Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a rock album...probably because nobody believed back in 1969 that you could present a stage musical about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. I shall never forget its first live performance in the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh on July 12th 1971. Of course JCS subsequently became a legit theatre stalwart, but I, personally, have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started," said Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States,” said Tim Rice. “We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for Superstar has been maintained over the years and this new production presents the work in its most powerful format - as a true rock experience.”

For tour dates and ticket information, visit www.jesuschristsuperstar.com

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